I’m sure if you told anyone a decade ago that smartphone shipments would eventually exceed those of personal computers, they would’ve give you a ‘yeah, in twenty years’. Well, twenty years from ten years ago is now! Further to the point, I doubt anyone would’ve guessed that these new personal computers would be dominated by Apple and Google, rather than the zeitgeist of that era, Microsoft. Whether you’re an iOS guy or Android gal, we’re all leagues away from Microsoft’s early domination of the smartphone realm with Windows Mobile, which fell off in the late 00s, necessitating the under-performing Windows Phone.
I spend almost as much time on my phone as I do my desktop at home and I never knew I’d be delegating virtually all of my communication to it (because I talk so much). The reality is I use it in ways I never thought I would and the form factor has allowed for a whole new batch of functionality that couldn’t have been imagined on a desktop, empowering the social revolution. But you knew all this.
While Microsoft dreams of Windows 8 sheep, Android and iOS will continue to duke it out for the future of computing. Isn’t that veeeird? I for one welcome our new smartphone overlords.
Source: The Verge